President Aquino receives Posthumous honorary degree for his late mother, Cory Aquino

April 17, 2012 11:14 pm 

MANILA, April 17 — President Benigno S. Aquino III received on behalf of his mother, the late former President Corazon C. Aquino, an honorary degree conferred on her by the Bicol University in ceremonies held in Malacañang on Tuesday.

The Bicol University, one of the Philippines’ premier State University in the Bicol Region, conferred a Doctor of Humanities degree, Honoris Causa (posthumous) on the former President in recognition of her advocacy to alleviate poverty through her microfinance programs.

These microfinance programs have provided opportunities for the poorest of the poor to have access to financing for livelihood and skills training.

In his speech, the President expressed elation over the honor accorded his mother, saying that it clearly reflects her optimism that provided hope for her countrymen.

“Sumasalamin ang pagkilalang ito sa pagiging ehemplo ng aking ina, gayundin sa mga ipinunla niyang butil ng pag-asa sa puso ng marami nating kababayan,” the President said.

“Patunay ang parangal na ito na may hangganan man ang buhay ng tao, ang positibong naiambag niya para sa kaniyang kapwa at sa lipunan, at ang inpirasyong iniwan niya sa pisikal na mundo ay hindi kailanman magmamaliw,” he added.

Aside from conferring the honorary degree, Bicol University president Fay Lea Patria Lauraya, Ph.D., also handed over to President Aquino the Academic Robe, Hood and Cap.

The awarding of the Diploma was done by Senator Edgardo Angara, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture; while the awarding of the Plaque of Commendation was given by Nenalyn Defensor Ed.D., Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education.

The Bicol University was created on June 21, 1969 by virtue of Republic Act No. 5521.

It offers 112 curricular programs along the cluster disciplines of Education, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Health and Medicine, Social Sciences, Business and Entrepreneurship; Arts and Letters, Culture and Recreation and Sports. (PNA)

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